Posted on

Request for a Polish general!

If you’re reading this, you’re one of my regulars, and I have a special mission. I’m not posting this on the OWH site since it’s a small project and we don’t need hundreds of these special cards……while you’re reading, click play on this video and listen to the Polish national anthem. (And yes, I’m Polish, so this request has a special place in my heart!)

See this email below from this U.S. Army Major – and in honor of my family’s Polish heritage, I invite you to join in the fun! PLEASE read the instructions carefully.

To Whom It May Concern:
I was wondering if I could request a few homemade birthday cards. I do not need an entire flat rate box however I work for a Polish General and he would like to send birthday greetings to our team which is comprised of approximately 50 personnel. I found one card from your organization which was donated to the Chaplain’s office and he loved it. Unfortunately I do not have any additional birthday cards. Please let me know if you can send me some cards.
Also, the Polish Soldiers celebrate their “Name Day” which is a bigger holiday than their actual birthday. I was wondering if you could ask your volunteers to make approximately 20 happy name day cards. I have googled it and found a couple generic cards with the Polish white eagle on it but they do not ship to APO addresses. Please let me know. Thank you.
L.E.A, Major, U.S. Army

I’d love to have 50 people each make two cards: one Name Day card and one adult birthday card.

My “Name Day” card – eagle not required 🙂

PLEASE list your name in a comment on this post (Please NUMBER them, so we know when we hit #50) if you’ll do it this week, mailing it at least by Monday Nov 29th….I don’t want this one to drag out, we’ll need this box to go out and then it’s done. And if we don’t get 50, I’ll know who to contact to ask for an extra 🙂

About the tradition: Polish Name Day

Red and white for the Name Day cards – any colors for the birthday ones

Sentiments: These two are the popular sentiments for Name Day cards. Click on the image then right-click on the larger one to download it. (OR see the pdf link below, to download everything at once)

Translation: “A hundred years!”

Translation: “All the best!”
Click to download a pdf of all the Polish resources
provided on this blog post.

This particular set of cards is going to be given from a general to his men and women – so please, nothing child-oriented. Think of it as an AnyPolishHero card (without a note inside!)….elegant, probably manly – let’s wow them with American crafting! If you want to use the Polish eagle from their flag, I cleaned up a coloring page I found online – you do NOT have to use this, just thought it could be fun. Remember it’s a WHITE eagle, yellow feet, red background. Click on the image then right-click on the larger one to download it.

The regular birthday card
Please make it appropriate for an adult general to send to his men and women. Nothing funny or joke-ish, he may not be fluent in English and that could be weird! Just straight-up happy birthday, and lean towards the masculine side of the spectrum.

A bonus AnyHero project, if you speak/write Polish…
If you wish to write an AnyHero letter in Polish to the general or a Polish hero in his command, please send it along with the above cards. (You can also do that without making the special cards too…it’d be a kick to send the general his own mail!)

A bonus AnyHero project, if you do NOT speak Polish…
If you wish to write an AnyHero letter to the general, rock on! 🙂 Usual guidelines apply. You can even have your kids color this AnyHero coloring page….click to make it larger, then right-click and download the bigger image. It should say “Thank you, hero, from America”

Mail them!
Postmark on or before November 29th. Mail to: Operation Write Home, 35205 13th Pl SW, Federal Way WA 98023 – thanks!!!!

Posted on

Tribute to a fallen hero

I finally completed this tribute to Rick who was killed in action this spring….please continue to pray for his family. If making a video like this hurts, I can’t imagine what it must feel like to live with the loss every day….

Posted on

CFH: Interviewed!

The interview over at BlogTalk Radio happened tonight! Click above to go listen to it; if it doesnt start right away, click the itunes button and you can listen to it that way. It’s a slow start, they had to do some vamping with music and banter while they waited for me to solve technical problems—but once it got going I think it came out pretty well!

I also posted a little “backstory” on the Homefront Blog if you want to read about it 🙂

Feel free to share the link so more people can hear about CFH and get inspired to join in!

Posted on

Cards for Heroes

The quality of cards that keep coming in for CFH are absolutely incredible….are yours in here? These are all sorted into the category boxes, and I packed up eight—yes eight—giant boxes of cards to mail out this weekend! 1,600 cards!! I’ve finally whittled down the stash of holiday cards that have been sent in throughout the year as well as the new ones coming in for the Blizzard Challenge. I just love thinking about all the family members who will get to open these cards from their deployed loved ones this Christmas!!

Click on a photo to get a better view!

Posted on

My New Shipping Center

Who’d a thunk I’d have my own shipping center? I had to do something, this stuff was in so many places all over my house!
Here’s what’s pictured:

Top shelf:

  1. lots of ziplocs (finding out just how useful they are to deployed service members, I’m putting more items in them so they can reuse them!)
  2. tape and pens
  3. and of course a brochure for each box.


  1. To-be-sorted items and all the “other than card” goodies to keep out of the pets’ nose-reach!
  2. Snacks (freezepops, snack bars, gum, crackers, packets of tuna)
  3. Pens, magazines, books, pads of paper, and New Testament Bibles
  4. Those boxes on the right corner are a DEAL I got—boxes of 20 Christmas cards each for only 90cents! Yes, that price will get me to buy cards. 🙂 Gotta get them opened and sorted into the boxes below.
  5. The striped box sitting on top is full of AnyHero letters written out by cardmakers and other people who’ve sent them to me, all sorted by whether or not they’re addressed to Dear Hero, or Dear Marine, or Dear Soldier, etc.

All those boxes!

  1. First, the box in front—thank you to those who have been donating basketball shorts, socks, snacks, and hygiene items for my special project for Michael’s old marine unit! 🙂
  2. The cards! These of course were the thing that spurred me on to set up this area. I had been storing a box of Christmas cards here, some Thanksgiving cards there, just randomly all over my craft room and living room. That was getting out of hand! So here they all are in their glory together. Lots of Christmas, several boxes for fall/Thanksgiving/Halloween, and in the crate on the right are cards for next year’s spring holidays. (See, yes, I do save them when you send them to me!) And then there are all the cards ready to pack into boxes tonight, sorted by:
    1. Thinking of you
    2. Thank you and get well (some go to OQC, some for the boxes)
    3. Baby/kids cards
    4. Love/Miss you
    5. Birthday
  3. Off to the left, cut out of the pic behind the FRBs (flat rate boxes) is a lot of other jumbled shipping things – boxes, ghostie peanuts, etc. That area may have to be given over for storage of items to be shipped, too, we’ll see how long I last in this area. This is my guest room, so I’m going to see how condensed I can keep things, heehee! (If you ever stay over, you’ll just have to deal with sharing your space with our heroes!)

So I’m feeling happily organized now, and my living room is down to only containing boxes of items donated for prizes. I get things from individuals and companies to either use or offer up as prizes or send out as RAKs. And the pile is big enough that after the Summer of Love challenge, I think I’ll be sending out some surprise packages—I really do want my living room completely back! 🙂

Posted on

Tribute to a Hero

Sgt. Michael T. Washington, I salute you.

I am so proud of you. Of all you stood for. Of all you lived for. Of all you died for.

Your nation owes you a debt of gratitude.

I attended the memorial service for this fallen marine today. He was killed in Afghanistan on June 14, 2008 in an IED explosion, with three of his brothers in arms from the Seventh Marine Regiment 2/7.

The reality of the war hero hit me in a way it hasn’t before; I’ve never been connected to a wartime death before. I know, I know, it’s not about me. But I hadn’t made the personal connection quite like this before. Michael’s mom was in my BSF discussion group all year, and we prayed for her son regularly all year. . . I can’t help but ask God, “Why? He was only 20. To let this happen, now? Why?”

A quote from Michael on February 1, 2007, Al Anbar Province, Iraq:

“I don’t want anything to happen to my boys though. I don’t know what I’d do if I lost one, or if he got hurt. The guys here are family. I’ve never had a brother before, but they’re the closest to one I got…they know everything about me, as I know everything about them. I would just as easily die for them. For me, there is no better feeling than that. I feel 100% safe with them. I have no worries about my life. When it’s my time, it’s my time.”

I’m redoubling my efforts to support these men and women and their families. I don’t know what that looks like right now, but . . . in Michael’s honor, I’m stepping it up.

At ease, Sergeant. Rest in peace. Wait in heaven, we’ll see you there when we go home to join you in God’s presence.

Posted on

Cards for Heroes

I’m excited I’ll be able to get boxes out this weekend to some of my contacts still waiting for Father’s Day cards….hooray! Thanks to all those who have mailed in cards this week!

This last photo is the cards from a cardmaking “Boot Camp” in Georgia last weekend: